Monday, September 13, 2010

Melting Pot Monday

The Familiars
by Adam Jay Epstein, Andrew Jacobson
Age Range: 8 to 12

Pub. Date: September 2010

After starving alley cat Aldwyn steals food from a fishmonger once too often, he is chased by a notorious bounty hunter intent on exterminating him. He takes refuge in a pet store that sells animal familiars to local wizards and is purchased by Jack, a young apprentice. Aldwyn likes his cushy new life in Stone Runlet with Jack and two other students, but he struggles to convince his fellow familiars--a blue jay named Skylar and a tree frog named Gilbert--that he's as magical as they are. When a prophecy foretells that three spell-casters from Stone Runlet will save the world, the formerly benevolent Queen Loranella kills the students' mentor and takes the young novices prisoner, leaving it to the familiars to rescue the children. (summary from Barnes and Noble)
For more information, including purchase links, visit the Familiars website.  This book is going to be made into a movie in the near future.  I really want to read this!  Enjoy the trailer.

The Wedding Gift
By, Kathleen McKenna
July 2010
The Wedding Gift is told in the voice of Leeann a crazy charming small town beauty queen who runs for corn princess loses the boy she wants and marries the idiot son of the towns richest family all before senior year is over. Marrying for money can be really dangerous. Leeann's new mother in law is beyond horrible and the wedding gift she receives is a little off too. Mrs. Willetts, Leeann's new in law is appalled at her sons choice so as a tongue in cheek wedding gift she gives the newlyweds a fabulous antebellum mansion, one still occupied by an earlier beautiful unwanted bride who lived there and killed there. (summary provided by author)

The Wedding Gift is available for purchase at Amazon.


Juju at Tales of said...

Cool find! I hadn't heard of the Wedding Gift.

Melissa said...

I've seen Familiars around, and I SO want to read it :)

Nely said...

The Familiars sounds super cute. I think I may just NEED to read it. :D

Theresa M said...

I LOVE the house on that cover! It's GEORGEOUS!!!

The book sounds good, too!

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